Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 90-Months in Federal Prison For Distributing Child Sexual Abuse Material
CONCORD - James Goodwin, 53, of Northwood, was sentenced on Tuesday to 70 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the fall of 2018, a North Carolina undercover police officer was conducting an online investigation into individuals involved in the trading of illegal images of child pornography. Goodwin was identified after he uploaded numerous images of child sexual abuse into a chatroom which were downloaded by the undercover officer. Forensic examinations of several of Goodwin’s electronic devices revealed images depicting the sexual assaults of children.
“The law enforcement community is committed to protecting children,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Innocent children are victimized when child pornography is created. Those who trade or distribute these images exacerbate that harm and will be held accountable for their conduct.”
“By viewing and distributing these images, Goodwin re-victimized these innocent child victims who were abused in the original production of such images.” said Jason J. Molina, acting special agent in charge of HSI Boston. “Together with our federal and local partners, HSI remains dedicated to combatting the threat that depraved, online child predators like Goodwin pose. We will never waiver in our commitment to fighting for justice for the victims of those who traffic in these sickening images.”
This matter was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. Konesky.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.